Further £17million emergency funding reaches Culture Organisations and Performing Arts Venues

Published: 04 Aug 2021

331 cultural organisations and performing arts venues across Scotland have received a total of £17million in the latest round of emergency Covid-19 funds from the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland.

The view out into the grand auditorium of the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen

Image credit: Mark Purmal. Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen

From comedy clubs and theatres to galleries and production companies, the second round of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery  Fund (COVR) is designed to help prevent insolvency and/or significant job losses due to the impact of COVID-19, and the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund (PAVR) is helping venues to remain solvent, return staff from furlough, and enable new artistic commissions from freelance artists.

Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “I am delighted that this vital funding is reaching the culture sector, which has endured some of the most challenging restrictions over the past 18 months. It’s exciting that the sector can now plan for full reopening. The communal experience of being part of an audience cannot be replicated, and it has been sorely missed since the start of the pandemic.

“The move beyond level 0 will allow the sector to reopen fully, but I know that it will take some time to rebuild. This funding will play a key role in stabilising many venues and businesses as the sector begins to recover.

“The Scottish Government has provided almost £175million of emergency support to the culture, heritage and events sector since the start of the pandemic, and I look forward now to working with the sectors to build for the future.”

Caroline MorganManaging Director at Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre commented: “This money will mean we can retain our current staff, recruit part time staff, bring our freelance technicians back to work and undertake all necessary requirements to reopen in a safe way at the end of August.

“We’re full steam ahead now with testing equipment, organising staff training, first aid training, implementing a new app for ordering and setting up hand-held scanners for ticketing and deep cleaning the building. We’ll also be able to support local youth groups who perform with us who have also had a really tough time of it. This funding is a life-line having been closed with no income for 17 months.”

A full list of organisations and venues receiving funding in this round of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund and the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund can be downloaded below.

Download the recipient lists

COVR Round 2 Recipients

Download the recipients of the second strand of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund.

PAVR Round 2 Recipients

Download the recipients of the second strand of the Performing Arts Venues Fund.

Joan Parr, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement said: “Our first priority continues to be supporting the recovery and renewal of Scotland’s art and creative sector as Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the sector can open up again more fully.

“Nevertheless, we remain acutely aware of the critical challenges faced by so many cultural organisations, and we know how vital this funding is in continuing to help protect jobs and support the sustainability of a sector that has felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic so significantly.”


1. Full details including eligibility criteria can be accessed through the following links:

2. A breakdown of the COVR and PAVR round 2 funding figures is as follows:

  • COVR: £8.3million has been awarded to 278 organisations.
  • PAVR: £8.6million has been awarded to 53 venues.

3. Creative Scotland is in discussion with the Scottish Government as regards how the remaining £8million from an overall original budget of £25million for these funds, will be allocated.

4. Information about the first round of COVR funds can be found in our Emergency Funds reach Culture Organisations and Venues news story

Information about the first round of PAVR funds can be found in our Emergency Scottish Government relief funds support performing arts venues news story

5. Today’s announcement follows more than 12,000 emergency funding awards totalling over £75million delivered through Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland, reaching people and organisations across Scotland’s art and creative sectors since the beginning of the pandemic.

6. A full breakdown of Scottish Government and National Lottery Covid-19 emergency funds being delivered through Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland can be found in our most recent update to the Scottish Parliament Culture Committee.

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